10 wonderkids Mauricio Pochettino gives the opportunity to break through at Chelsea

Pre-season training is well underway at Chelsea, however, with a number of stars left to return to Cohbam. The Blues’ internationals are all still to return, but the hard work is already underway under the watchful eye of Mauricio Pochettino and his squad, with just seven days to go before the tour of the United States begins.

The likes of Noni Madueke and Levi Colwill will not join the group until then, while others are set to join in the next seven days. However, Pochettino has already found plenty of information to take on board and has consistently spoken of making no excuses for his side in his short time at the club.

The former Spurs boss has been ambitious from the start with his training sessions and hopes to set a platform for the season.

He explained: ‘Right now we have to be competitive on the training pitch. That’s where things start. If we are not competitive there, we will not get where we need to go. I will not make excuses for the players by saying that we need time to rebuild and time to work.

“There are no excuses. We have to work hard to steer and drive [the players] forward in the way we want. The competition waits for no one and we have to be ready, that much is clear.”

Those standards will not have dropped despite a number of youngsters being involved so far, and whatever the circumstances, they will have the opportunity to impress Pochettino. Perhaps some will get the opportunity to earn a spot on the pre-season tour.

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Teddy Sharman-Lowe has been involved at Cobham, with the Blues short of goalkeepers to start the season following Edouard Mendy’s departure, and Kepa Arrizabalaga is yet to return from his break from representing Spain. The 20-year-old traveled to the U20 World Cup with England during the summer and spent time on loan at Havant & Waterlooville last term. He may be unlikely to break into the first team immediately, but he has had some valuable time to work with new goalkeeping coach Toni Jimenez

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